Creative Talent was only narrowly denied over this course and distance in December, staying on strongly to get within half a length of the winner, and he confirmed he is in decent heart with a creditable fourth at Chelmsford last time. He shaped better than the bare result at Chelmsford, meeting trouble over a furlong out before keeping on well close home, and he looks well treated off the same mark. His trainer Tony Carroll remains in good form.
Traveller snapped a long losing run over course and distance in January, keeping on well to score under a hands-and-heels ride, and he bounced back from a rare poor effort to win over this track and trip last time. He showed a good attitude to prevail and, with trainer Antony Brittain in stunning form, another bold bid is expected.
Johnny Reb clocked a fairly decent time when getting off the mark at Kempton, showing plenty of speed, and he will have no problem with this drop in trip. He could still have more to offer after only three starts for James Ferguson, a trainer who has made a promising start to his career, and a 3 lb rise in the weights looks fair.
Sky Defender has been in excellent form of late, successful on two of his three most recent outings. He was overhauled by the progressive El Ghazwani at Lingfield – that rival has since won in impressive style – but he quickly resumed winning ways at Kempton, scoring with authority.
He had the race in the bag after kicking for home a couple of furlongs out and is clearly in top form at present. There doesn’t appear to be much pace on here and he should prove hard to catch.
Lady Reset hasn’t been seen since finishing fourth at Leicester in May but she sets the clear standard based on the form of her previous success at Chepstow, and will be difficult to beat if she is fit and firing on this belated return. Unforgiving Minute has a good record in claiming company and is the danger to the selection.
Dear Power failed to make an impact in a Group 3 at Salisbury, but that was just her second start and her inexperienced seemed to hold her back. The 350,000 guineas purchase had looked a fine prospect when winning by two and a quarter lengths at Chelmsford on her debut and is well worth another chance in these calmer waters. This looks a good opportunity.
Bowling Russian got off the mark under this promising apprentice at Lingfield last time, showing improved form. He always appeared to be in control once edging ahead two furlongs out, and a 5 lb higher mark does not look severe. Yukon Mission finished third behind Bowling Russian last time and is considered a danger again.